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Grimm joined bipartisan group to reopen government

Bay Ridge
New York City’s only Republican in congress said he reached across the aisle to work with Democrats to help resolve the three-week-long impasse in Washington and get the federal government reopened. … Full Article

New Fed head Janet Yellen is a Brooklyn girl

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation's central bank, the White House said Tuesday. … Full Article

Grimm fends off attacks from left on government shutdown

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As the federal government shutdown began on Tuesday, US Rep. Michael Grimm, the lone Republican in New York City’s congressional delegation, was hit with sharp criticism from the left over his vote to keep the government running at the expense of the Affordable Care Act. … Full Article

Blame game rife as Dems, GOP try to avert shutdown

Republicans and Democrats blamed each other Monday as they took the federal government to the brink of a shutdown in an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law. … Full Article

Democrats blast GOP over vote to cut food stamps

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The recent passage of a House bill to cut billions of dollars from federal food stamp programs will “take food from the mouths of almost four million of our fellow citizens,” charged US Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who argued unsuccessfully against the measure. … Full Article

Federal role in civil rights cases: Problematic and lengthy

WASHINGTON — Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced "not guilty" in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. … Full Article

Brooklyn’s young politicos travel deep into the heart of Texas

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Brooklyn was well represented at a four-day national convention of young Democratic Party activists that took place deep in the heart of Texas, according to one participant, who said he came back energized by the experience. … Full Article

Velazquez seeks to protect city's industrial waterfront

Brooklyn Boro
Most of the waterfront-related legislation that has been proposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has dealt with securing Coney Island, Rockaway and other beachfront areas. … Full Article

Mayor Bloomberg: US needs immigration reform now

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says now is the time for immigration reform in the U.S. … Full Article
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